WCC opens new veterinary technology annexUPDATED 6:53 PM HST Feb 01, 2014Video Transcript
A new facility opened at Windward Community College, to help those who help Hawaii's animals. KITV 4's Paul Drewes takes us on a tour of the new center. When it came to getting a quality education with the latest innovations in the veterinary field, Hawaii's college students had been in the doghouse, but not any more. nat sound of blessing Windward Community college held a blessing and a dedication ceremony for its new veterinary technology annex. The multi-million dollar center now expects to give students valuable hands-on experience with up-to-date equipment. john "This facility is a state of the art facility that will train our students how to use x-rays, do surgeries, dental procedures" The 2,000 square foot annex includes an x-ray room, surgery room with two tables, as well as canine and cat wards. There to check out the new learning center was "First Dog" Kanoa along with his human companion -- Governor Abercrombie along with other Hawaii leaders. Students in the two-year program were also on hand for the dedication ceremony. Vet techs must take dozens of college courses covering training in surgical assistance, nutrition, and anesthesiology among other things -- and learn how to perform over 130 skill sets needed in veterinary offices. Up to this point, they had to do that in old state hospital buildings, but now they have a new facility to help them learn how to help Hawaii's animals. "it is very instrumental to give a good solid, educational background for knowledge and skills for our students." Students earn an associate of science degree and a boost to getting a job in the animal care field. One that historically has been in demand. The schools states between 80-90 percent of students get jobs right away, and some even hired before they graduate. Paul Drewes KITV 4 news.